Sydney Symphony has announced David Robertson as the next chief conductor and artistic director. He is scheduled to take over from Vladimir Ashkenazy at the beginning of 2014.
Robertson, 54, has been the music director of the St Louis Symphony Orchestra since 2005 and is principal guest conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Regarded as one of the leaders among this current crop of talented young US conductors, Robertson has shown a talent for appealing to conventional audiences whilst attracting new ones.
Highly praised for his work with 20th and 21st century music, he has indicated his plans to pursue some ground-breaking projects with the Sydney Symphony, including an annual opera-in-concert project incorporating multimedia, an annual multimedia project for international release and co-commissioning partnerships to create new orchestral works by Australian and international composers
Robertson has previously been a guest conductor with the Sydney Symphony, last appearing with the orchestra in 2010 for the Australian premiere of John Adams's Doctor Atomic Symphony. Next month he will conduct the orchestra in Kalkadungu: Didjeridu Meets Orchestra, which will feature the orchestra with William Barton on didgeridoo, and Stumble to Grace, a piano concerto composed for and played by Robertson's wife, Orli Shaham.